FAQs

Our Proposals

1. Why does Kidderminster need more homes and why this site?
Kidderminster is growing and new homes, built in the most sustainable location, will support that growth. This site has been identified as being suitable for housing in the emerging Wyre Forest District Council Local Plan and our proposal offers a range of quality new homes of different types, sizes and tenures to meet identified local needs.
2. What are you applying for?
We are applying for ‘outline’ planning permission for the scheme, which sets out the basis for the site’s development. We are also applying for ‘detailed’ planning permission for part of the site – approximately 400 homes in the south towards Comberton Road, which is intended to be the first area brought forward for development. If outline planning permission is granted, further applications for ‘detailed’ permission would follow at a later date, consistent with the content of the outline permission.
3. When are you submitting the planning application?
Our target is to submit the planning application later this year, following the public consultation.
4. What infrastructure and community facilities will there be alongside the new homes?
Woven Oaks will deliver significant benefits to new and existing residents in Kidderminster as well as investment to help the town grow successfully and sustainably. The proposed development includes provision for a community hall, primary school, doctor’s surgery, later living facility, local retail and a café, as well as a network of green spaces and sustainable transport options for the whole community.
5. What about green space? What ideas do you have to respect the landscape and the environment?
Our designs include comprehensive new green spaces and close attention to how the proposed development can sit within the existing landscape. Woven Oaks will create new publicly-accessible green space for everyone in east Kidderminster, something which is currently lacking, while green corridors will support biodiversity with natural wetlands and meadows providing new habitats for wildlife and plantlife. A new community orchard or allotments are proposed, while green infrastructure will encourage sustainable forms of transport.
6. How will access work and where will the new road connections be?
The main access is proposed from the south-east of the site via the existing roundabout on the A448 Comberton Road by Spennells Valley Road. A secondary access is proposed from Husum Way, to the north of the site, just off the A456 Birmingham Road. This would be in the form of a signal-controlled T-junction. These access proposals will be subject to a road safety audit.

The proposals also include a new spine road through the centre of the site, serving as a new road connection between Comberton Road and Birmingham Road. The road is designed to accommodate a bus service and cycle priority lanes, as part of our commitment to encouraging sustainable forms of transport.

7. What about cycling, footpaths and sustainable travel choices?
We want to encourage walking and cycling where we can and our new access arrangements and indicative proposals prioritise sustainable forms of transport. Our designs include a network of new foot and cycle paths to encourage sustainable travel within the site and connect into existing routes including into the town centre and to Kidderminster Train Station. In addition, all properties with a garage will include Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
8. What types and mix of homes are included? What about affordable/social housing?
Woven Oaks will include a mixture of types, tenure, size and costs of homes to meet the different needs of existing and future residents. The over-arching principle is to ensure a balanced mix of new homes to suit families, first time buyers, later living and people who may wish to design and build their own home. In line with local policy requirements, 25% of all homes will be affordable.
9. What assurances can you give on quality and how Taylor Wimpey will make this a successful and sustainable development?
Taylor Wimpey is a proven national housebuilder and we are proud of our track record of delivering successful developments built to the highest quality. We have been awarded 5 stars for customer satisfaction by the Home Builders Federation, which means over 90% of customers would recommend us to a friend.

Our masterplan has been designed with healthy living and sustainability running through its core, from providing green transport options and new parks to building energy efficient homes.
10. What’s the planning policy position for the site?
The emerging Wyre Forest District Council Local Plan has identified this site as suitable for housing. Our proposals are consistent with the council’s growth and regeneration ambitions and will help to address its requirements for a mix of new homes in Kidderminster.
11. When would construction of the homes start (if you get planning permission)? Would they be built in phases? When would the community facilities be built?
The timetable is subject to securing both outline and detailed planning permission but we are aiming to begin construction in 2022.

The scheme would be built in phases, beginning with the area to the south of the site towards Comberton Road.
12. Will these new homes affect house prices in the area?
We’re proposing a high-quality scheme with strong design principles and a good mix of homes. Our intention is to add value to Kidderminster and for the scheme to help the town to grow and succeed.
13. How will my feedback be used?
All comments and feedback submitted as part of our public consultation will be considered and used to inform the proposals. We will prepare a report – a Statement of Community Engagement (SCE) – which will be submitted as part of the planning application.

Key documents and downloads

Click here to download documents and information:

  • Woven Oaks Comberton Road - Advert download
  • Woven Oaks Comberton Road - Leaflet download

Contact us

You can get in touch with us here.